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Semi-Truck Tips And Advice For New Drivers

For many people, the first day of a new job always seems to be a very stressful time. This is not any different for drivers in the trucking industry. For many new drivers, they had never stepped one foot into a semi-truck before they attended driving school. As a new driver, we are sure you cannot wait to get on the road in your own semi-truck. However, when you finally get out there, you will discover very quickly that the road is a tough place to be. 

Operating a semi-truck is not as easy as it may look to some people, and this time there will not be a trainer in the truck with you to answer all your questions and read the map to you. When you are operating solo, we want you to follow the safety tips and techniques that we hope will make life on the road easier for you.

Tip 1: Do Not Panic If You Get Lost

During your time on the road, you may find yourself in places you may not suppose to be. You may get lost a few times or you may get lost quite often. However, it is important that you are always prepared if it does happen. We do not want you to panic if you are lost because if you allow yourself to get into a panic, you will put yourself at risk of being involved in an accident. If you think you are lost, you should find a safe place to pull over so you can review your map. Once you discover where you are, use your map to redirect you to the location you should be in. We encourage you to use the mapping tools your company has provided.

Tip 2: Get Your Sleep

When you are driving on the road, sleep will become your best friend. You want to be a safe driver on the road at all times, right? You do not want to drive over 300 miles without having the proper amount of sleep. If you are tired and you have to take a live load, you should not hesitate to jump into your bunk and get yourself a few minutes of sleep. Even a quick power nap will help you in more ways than you can imagine. You should never drive when your body is telling you that it is tired. If you fall asleep while you are driving, your life will not be the only one at risk.

Tip 3: Communication Is Key

As a driver, you will experience days when some things will not go the way you expected them to. Sometimes it will take 5 hours for a shipper to load you, sometimes you will be told that the truck stop is out of diesel and that you will need to wait for an hour or two hours. You can be a few miles from your next pickup and one of your tires will go out. Things are going to happen when you are on the road. 

When unplanned things happen when you are on the road, you should always communicate calmly. No one will want to hear from you if you are yelling or complaining about your situation. If you make sure you have strong and steady relationships, you will always receive help whenever you are faced with a problem.

While we are sure you will have some unplanned moments and tired days, you will never forget the first time you hopped into a semi-truck on your own.